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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Robert Litt
General Cousel, Office of Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 12/12/2014
Hawkins Do you think that it should have been handled differently? Litt: Yes, as I say, he may have gotten bad advice from his lawyer But in retrospect what would have been the right way to handle it? Hawkins: What would have been the right way to do it would be to send a declassified letter to the committee immediately there after, saying I misspoke but I can’t reveal it on the public record. And I regret, one of the things I regret in five-and-a-half years on the job is that I did not advise the DNI to do that. Hawkins: In a situation like that, I think that in addition to a class, if there’s public testimony there should have been at least be some public marker that there is a classified addendum to some testimony in that hearing. Otherwise the public is still left with an actively misleading impression Litt: You know the problem is that there shouldn’t be questions asked about classified hearings, classified programs in public hearings.
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